Amid the growing controversy over Muhammad Ali Jinnah's portrait in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), a Congress MLA from Haryana has said that there is nothing wrong with Jinnah's portrait at the AMU. Karan Dalal, the Congress MLA, also called Jinnah a freedom fighter.
"We should respect everybody's photographs. We should show courtesy towards all those leaders who had led freedom fight movement for this country. May be they were from Pakistan but we fought the freedom fight together. Pakistan also respects Shahid Bhagat Singh. All those leaders who fought freedom movement should be respected," said Karan Dalal, Congress MLA from Haryana.
Earlier in the day, a ,massive controversy broken out after BJP MP Satish Gautam wrote to the Vice-Chancellor OF AMU demanding that the portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah be taken down. Jinnah's portrait has been put up in the Students' Union Office at Aligarh Muslim University.
BJP MP Gautam had said Jinnah's portrait should not be put up anywhere in India. He added that JNU should instead celebrate the contributions of Raja Mahendra Pratap and Sir Syyed Ahmed who played a crucial role in establishing the university.
After his remark over the Jinnah portrait, voices from across India have joined the demand to remove the portrait.
BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy says that JNU is a centrally funded university and that there is no place for a portrait of a man who played such a role in the partition of India.
The campaign to get Jinnah's portrait removed from AMU has also got the backing of Moulana Ezaz Mirza who is a Shia community cleric in Lucknow
Meanwhile, former president of AMU students Union says the portrait of Jinnah was put up before independence in 1938 when he was given a life membership and that many other luminaries including Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru too were also given life membership before Jinnah and their portraits too have been put up since then.